The carpet within a home serves aesthetic as well as practical purposes and it is more cost effective than other flooring types. According to COIT’s infographic on carpet stain removal, carpets are 65% less expensive to maintain than hard surface flooring options. Scheduling professional carpet cleanings at least once a year is a great way to extend the life of your carpet but in between these cleanings your carpet is vulnerable to staining from many potential sources that will need to be cleaned immediately to prevent permanent stains. Fortunately, there are many household remedies that can eliminate a variety of stains that are effective and inexpensive.
Household Items That Remove Carpet Stains
- Salt: Salt by itself does not remove stains but pouring salt on a wine spill will temporarily keep it from settling into the carpet as you prepare to clean it up.
- White Wine: White wine can be used to clean up a red wine stain. Just pour it over the stain and blot the area with a thick towel.
- Shaving Cream: Squirting some shaving cream on a juice stain and wiping it up with a damp sponge can remove the stain.
- Beer: Beer is good for removing coffee and tea stains. Just pour some beer right on the stain and lightly rub it into the carpet until the stain disappears.
- Rubbing Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol is effective for removing glue from carpet. The best method is to use a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol to moisten and wipe away the spilled glue.
- Ice: A wrapped ice cube can be used to remove gum from a carpet by freezing it. Once the gum is frozen, it can be peeled from the carpet fibers.
- Vinegar and Ammonia: Vinegar and ammonia are effective for removing most water soluble stains from carpets that include wine, coffee, beer, milk, cola, juice, food dye, and feces among many others.
Common Stains and Remedies
- Paint: Wet paint stains can be removed by blotting the area with wet paper towels while dry paint stains can be removed with a mix of hot water and a small amount of dish detergent. Let the solution sit over the paint stain for a few minutes to soften the paint and then remove the softened paint by scraping it away with a knife or pin.
- Grease: White vinegar is an effective remedy for removing grease stains. First, put some white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the stain. After letting the vinegar soak for a few minutes, wipe up the area with a towel soaked in hot water.
- Coffee: Immediately blot up a coffee spill with paper towels to keep it from settling into the carpet. Darker coffee stains can be removed by putting mild liquid detergent on a damp sponge and rubbing the stain gently in a circular motion. Beer can also be used to remove coffee stains.
- Red Wine: The first step to cleaning a red wine spill is to blot up as much of the red wine as possible while it is still fresh. Red wine stains can then be removed with a homemade cleaning solution that consists of two cups of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Dip a sponge into this solution and apply it directly to the stain until it is removed.
- Pet Stains: For pet stains, pour vinegar over the stain and cover the area with baking soda to absorb the mess. Once the stain has been absorbed, blot the area until it is dry.
- Blood: Blood stains can be removed by applying a mixture consisting of one-half cup of warm water and one tablespoon of ammonia directly to the stain with a cloth or sponge. Blot the area to absorb this solution and then apply a sponge soaked with cold water before blotting the area once more to dry.
- Milk: Blotting a milk stain with cold water will keep it from settling into the carpet.
- Ink: Ink stains can be removed using cheap lacquer hairspray. Spray the hairspray directly onto the stain to soften the ink and blot the area dry using a cloth towel. After drying the lacquer, hand-brush the area and vacuum.
If your carpet has a stain that cannot be removed using these remedies, contact Green T Carpet Cleaning for a professional solution or point out the stain to our technician during your next scheduled cleaning.